Curated by New West Electro-Acoustic Music Organization founder Joseph Waters, the 2018 NWEAMO Festival’s opening concert on April 27, 2018, offered diverse sonic visions of seven composers working in various ways with computer generated sound.
The Live Arts Fest put on by Jean Isaacs San Diego Dance Theater is truly a shoestring event—on Saturday, Isaacs was working as a stagehand, handling props. So it’s all the more remarkable that the ten-day festival offered a rich palette of work by international artists, including Christine Dakin, longtime principal with the Martha Graham Dance Company, doing Graham’s legendary solo, “Cante Jondo.”
Returning to the podium of the San Diego Symphony as Laureate Conductor, Jahja Ling presided over one of the more amazing performances of the 2017-18 season with a probing account of Dmitri Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony and the young Uzbek pianist Behzod Abduraimov’s thrilling San Diego debut in Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto.
Two young couples, both alike and worlds apart in their Jewish heritage, struggle to build lives and find meanings in Anna Ziegler’s well-observed play ‘The Wanderers’ premiering at the Old Globe Theatre.
“Schrekstoff” offered much to appreciate: clarity, humor, and strong performances by a five-member ensemble. But Lavina Rich warned the audience beforehand that we might get scared. I wish. The only emotion I felt was humor.